Wednesday, February 10, 2010

TOYS Asu no Yoichi: Ikaruga Ibuki Coldcast - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» In the Asu no Yoichi animated serial, a girl named Ibuki Ikaruga teaches swordsmanship at her family's Ikaruga Dojo. Despite being fair of complexion and fetchingly attractive, Ibuki is prone to bouts of violence and outbursts which make her less than bewitching... but only for a moment. Japanese toy manufacturer Skyblue has started preorders for an Ibuki Ikaruga Coldcast which is sculpted to 1/6 scale and measures 13cm or 5.11" tall. Ms. Ikaruga sits cross-legged in her pink dainties whilst grasping a wooden training weapon (bokken) which she uses to smack her students.

In the preorder details for the figure, the manufacturer touts the realistic and smooth nature of Ibuki's skin but we'll reserve judgment until we receive the figure and give her the once-over. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June 2010 at JPY14800 or US$178.90 from NCS.

TOYS One Piece Portrait of Pirates NEO-7 - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» There's been many releases and re-releases of Megahouse's Portrait of Pirates figures over the years and the NEO-7 revision features two rehashes of lesser known characters from the One Piece animation.

Sergeant Major Tashigi - Originally appeared in Portrait of Pirates Series 3 with Nefertari Vivi and Portgas. Tashigi serves in the Marine Armada and her passion is swords and to become a great swordswoman... much like the path that Roronoa Zoro has chosen.

» Commodore Smoker - Made his debuted in P.O.P Series 4 along with
Nami v2.0 and Berumeru. Smoker wears an open shirt and trademark sneer. He's packaged with a staff which may be gripped by his left hand.

The Tashigi figure measures roughly 8" tall while Smoker towers 9" high. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June 2010 at JPY5800 ($68.90).

TOYS Yuyu Hakusho Gekitou Figure Cold Cast - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» Before he became a demon, Toguro Ototo was a muscle-bound meathead who wore shades and practiced his martial arts like muscle-bound meatheads are apt to do. One day while Toguro is sparring with friends, a demon named Kairen chances upon the group and kills everyone except for Toguro. With revenge in his heart and fire in his eyes, Toguro trains even harder to become a fighting machine with six-pack abs capable of tackling demons. When he hears of the Dark Tournament and the participation of Kairen as a contender, he decides to enter the challenge with an acquaintance named Genkai...
In the Yuyu Hakusho Gekitou Figure Cold Cast, the shirtless Toguro isn't facing off against his mortal enemy Kairen. No, he's blocking an aerial attack from an equally shirtless Yusuke Urameshi who darts above him like a bird. The dimensions of the cold cast are H22.50 x W21.00 x D15cm and preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late June 2010 at JPY23800 ($278).

GEAR One Piece "Start Living" Shopping Bag - Import Preorder

NCS Preorder Synopsis
«©NCSX» The "Plastic Vortex" is a manmade garbage heap situated between Hawaii and the continental United States. That swirling morass of detritus in the Pacific Ocean contains billions of pounds of plastic shopping bags, baby bottles, and Hannah Montana stickers. Help slow the growth of the vortex by using cloth shopping bags.
Maybe the One Piece "Start Living" Shopping Bag will hit the spot which measures
40 x 36 x 13cm and is made of 100% cotton. The saying on the bag reads "Start Living Before You Start Dying" which might encourage risk taking, alcoholism, gluttony, and burglary since different folks are going to interpret the words in their own ways. Y'know, they might live it up. Preorders are welcome to ship in mid-late April 2010 at JPY2000 or US$25.90.

NEWS Snowstorm, New York City

Heavy Snow in NYC - 10:01AM
«©NCSX» A blizzard of sorts is swamping the city today and we're fairly certain that no shipments will be coming in or going out today. The roads are slushy and messy, traffic is light, and the snow continues to drop at a rapid pace. The parking lot behind our building doesn't look too bad but the ramp hasn't been cleared by the crack maintenance workers.

Update: 10:38AM
: UPS will probably be making normal pickups today based on what a supervisor told us but our cutoff time for shipping this afternoon will be approximately 3:00PM EST. The postal service may not be making any pickups today so please note that orders that are shipping by USPS will most likely not go out until tomorrow (February 11, 2010).